Because this was a redeye (00.45am departure) I guess it's hard for the cabin crew to get the same level of enthusiasm as a morning/day flight but I found the Cathay welcome somewhat missing during boarding and pre-flight. I requested a bloody mary when drinks were brought around and got a plain tomato juice instead. Meal was served quickly and I was ready for sleep withing 1 hour of take-off. Two hours into sleep, and despite wearing ear plugs, I was awoken by loud conversation and laughing from the galley (I was two rows back from galley and the first row was unoccupied). I activated my call button and requested that the crew keep the noise level down as I (and most of the rest of the cabin) were trying to sleep. The crew member apologized and there was no further noise from the galley.
We got a good breakfast 90 minutes out from Dublin. I had to change seat for landing as the aisle-side arm rest would not retract for landing, despite the efforts of the purser and myself. Overall not a terrific flight on this Airbus 350-900